Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Startup India, Standup India' initiative Smart India Hackathon 2017 kicked off today at Civil Aviation Training College in Allahabad. The Ministry of Civil Aviation is a 'Premier Partner' in this two-day unique initiative launched with an aim to formulate solutions for improving governance and quality of life, and provides opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to the country's daunting problems. 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' is conceived by All India Council for Higher Education (AICTE), under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development 2017' to harnesses creativity and expertise of students and builds funnel for 'Startup India, Standup India' campaigns. On behalf of Ministry of Civil Aviation, 43 problem statements were thrown to students for which over 350 ideas from teams of young IT students were received. After preliminary evaluation, 61 teams were shortlisted who participated at this 36 Hours long Grand Finale. Out of the 7,531 idea submissions received for the 598 problems posted by 29 government departments, 1,266 ideas have been shortlisted for the 'Grand Finale' on April 1 and 2, 2017, during which these teams will work nonstop for 36 hours to build products based on their ideas from across 26 locations in India. 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' is expected to become 'World's biggest open innovation model' that other countries can replicate.